Award-Winning Global Antitrust Practice Group Joins Baker Botts L.L.P.

By Baker Botts L.l.p., PRNE
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Howrey LLP Team of 32 Lawyers Moves to Firm's Washington Office

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 - The core of the award-winning global antitrust practice from Howrey LLP
– led by nine partners, including the co-chair of the practice group, and
two former U.S. Assistant Attorney Generals — joined Baker Botts L.L.P.


The group making the move to the firm's Washington office includes Sean
F.X. Boland
, James F. Rill, John M. Taladay, William Bradford Reynolds and 28
other lawyers, as well as a group of economists, analysts and support staff.
Additional lawyers and staff are expected to join the firm in the near

The antitrust team joining Baker Botts today represents many of the
world's leading companies in mergers and acquisitions, complex civil
antitrust litigation, international cartel matters and other investigations
and proceedings by U.S. and international antitrust enforcement agencies.
These lawyers represent clients in a wide range of industries, including life
sciences, high-tech, telecommunications, media, oilfield services, mining,
metals, mining equipment, paper, pipe, chemical, energy, grocery products,
agricultural products and health care.

"This is a world-class group of antitrust lawyers with very sophisticated
and diverse practices," said Baker Botts Managing Partner Walt Smith. "We are
excited that they decided to make Baker Botts their home, and we plan to grow
this practice both in the United States and Europe, and over time in other
areas in which we operate, including Asia."

Robb Voyles, chair of the firm's Litigation Department, said, "This
entire group is recognized widely for its ability to deliver results for
clients engaged in complex transactions and litigation. The experience and
knowledge of competition and antitrust laws this group brings to our firm and
our clients is incomparable."

Jamie Baker, Partner in Charge of Baker Botts' Washington office, said,
"It was fairly clear early in our discussions that these lawyers would be a
good fit with our firm. Not only do we share a similar approach to the
practice of law, but we have many shared clients."

Boland joins Baker Botts as a partner. While at Howrey, he served as vice
chair of the firm and co-chair of the largest private antitrust practice in
the world. His areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, joint
ventures, intellectual property and transnational antitrust cases, including
representing companies before U.S. and international enforcement agencies. He
has guided numerous mergers and acquisitions, in a broad range of industries,
through the federal and foreign antitrust review process.

"Baker Botts, with its global footprint and focus on the energy,
technology, life sciences and litigation fronts, provides the best
opportunity for this highly-talented group of lawyers to continue working on
cutting-edge matters for clients around the world," Boland said.

Rill, one of America's foremost antitrust lawyers, comes to Baker Botts
as senior counsel. He served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the
U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, as well as a chairman of the
ABA's Antitrust Section.

Taladay joins Baker Botts as a partner. He is recognized internationally
for his work on global competition policy matters before the OECD Competition
Committee and as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition
Network. His practice is focused on merger clearance and criminal cartel work
particularly in the technology, media and manufacturing sectors.

Reynolds joins Baker Botts as senior counsel. He is one of America's
leading antitrust litigators and has argued 19 cases before the U.S. Supreme
Court. He has successfully litigated cases brought by the Federal Trade
Commission and the Department of Justice challenging proposed mergers. Prior
to entering private practice, Reynolds served as an Assistant Attorney
General and held the position of Counselor to the Attorney General of the
United States

Other members of the practice group joining Baker Botts as partners

    - William Henry has more than 25 years of experience in antitrust and
      trade regulation matters for clients in various industries including
      life sciences. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions, joint
      venture transactions, civil litigation and government investigations.

    - Joseph Ostoyich has 20 years of experience handling a range of federal
      and state private antitrust cases at trial and appellate levels and in
      arbitration, including significant involvement in more than a dozen
      multi-district antitrust class action clusters and a number of major
      competitor lawsuits. He has also represented clients in U.S. and
      foreign merger and non-merger civil investigations and grand jury
      proceedings. He is a frequent writer and speaker on antitrust topics
      of issue to global companies.

    - James Kress represents clients in complex private antitrust and
      commercial litigation. He also counsels clients involved in government
      merger and non-merger civil antitrust investigations.

    - Stephen Weissman represents clients in merger and non-merger antitrust
      investigations by the DOJ and FTC, as well as in antitrust and
      commercial litigation in courts throughout the U.S. He and his team
      have obtained regulatory clearance for numerous high-stakes
      transactions, including Whirlpool's 2006 acquisition of Maytag. He
      defeated the FTC in its litigation challenge to Arch Coal's
      acquisition of Triton. His practice extends to handling cartel
      investigations and class action defense. He has represented
      clients in antitrust investigations in Europe, Korea, Brazil, and South

    - Paul Cuomo advises companies on all aspects of antitrust law, with an
      emphasis on U.S. and international merger reviews. He also represents
      clients in complex private antitrust and commercial litigation,
      including multi-district class action litigation proceedings. In
      recognition of his accomplishments, in 2008 Global Competition Review
      named him one of its "40 Under 40," a list of the world's leading
      antitrust lawyers under 40 years old, and in 2009 the National Law
      Journal/Legal Times identified him as a leading lawyer in the
      Washington D.C. area.

    - Thomas D. Fina has represented companies for more than 20 years in
      mergers and acquisitions, grand jury investigations, antitrust audits
      and antitrust investigations. He has successfully guided hundreds of
      transactions through U.S. and international antitrust merger reviews.
      He designed and implemented antitrust compliance programs for
      companies in a wide range of industries. He has held a variety of
      leadership positions in the ABA Antitrust Section.

    - Christopher J. MacAvoy focuses on mergers, antitrust counseling,
      litigation and government investigations. He advises clients on
      mergers and joint ventures, distribution practices, price
      discrimination and trade association activities. He has represented
      many prominent suppliers, distributors and retailers of grocery

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